10 Wrestling Facts We Didn't Know Last Week (April 20)

Find out why Kurt Angle was deflated at Survivor Series 2017...

Ember Moon Mickie James
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Ember Moon was deserving of a main roster call-up long before she lost the NXT Women's Title to Shayna Baszler at NXT TakeOver: New Orleans, but the wait was worth it. In her debut match against Mickie James, Moon was over with the crowd, came across like a star and introduced her flashy finisher to a bigger audience.

It's just as well she renamed it the Eclipse though.

Find out all about the origins of Moon's top-rope Stunner in this week's article. It was called something else before WWE got their hands on it, and there's no way they would have let her keep using that original, non-PG name.

In addition, there are facts about Johnny Gargano, Bill Goldberg, Hulk Hogan and Tony Schiavone. Where did Gargano's "Johnny Wrestling" nickname come from? Who does Hogan credit (aside from Vince McMahon) for paving the way to WrestleMania I? What did Schiavone think of ECW's Barely Legal 1997 pay-per-view?

It's all here, and so is an admission from Kurt Angle that he didn't enjoy his match at last year's Survivor Series. The same problem plagued him when teaming with Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 34 too...

10. Goldberg "Felt Bad" For Asuka At WrestleMania 34

Asuka WrestleMania 34
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Bill Goldberg knows a thing or two about winning streaks. His unbeaten run in WCW (only ended when Scott Hall tasered him before a Kevin Nash pin at Starrcade 1998) is something fans of that company still talk about today. What happened at WrestleMania 34 brought old memories flooding back for Goldberg.

He felt sorry for Asuka when her own winning run was brought to an end by Charlotte Flair.

At the same time, Bill told the New York Post that Asuka would soon find herself free of immense pressure. That's how he felt post-Starrcade '98, like a giant weight had just been lifted from his shoulders and he could finally move on from the unstoppable monster gimmick.

In Goldberg's mind, Asuka will feel the same. He has a point. Had Asuka beaten Flair and become SmackDown Women's Champion, it would have been difficult for WWE to keep her momentum ticking afterwards. Now, post-loss, she has motivation for revenge.

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